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Within the framework of the ongoing project “Reducing the risks of climate change-driven disasters in Georgia”, the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) has organized informational meetings in Senaki and Samtredia which are among ten municipalities selected for the project as the most vulnerable.

The meeting aimed to introduce the project and inform participants on the awareness-raising and infrastructural activities planned in Samtredia and Senaki municipalities which will facilitate enlargement of the early-warning system in the country, implementation of the national system for managing natural disaster risks and reduction of climate change-driven risk factors.

The efficiency of the activities conducted to reduce risk and damage caused by climate change-driven natural disasters is depended on the awareness and knowledge of the local community in which the local governance, educational institutions and people living around the vulnerable areas must be actively involved.

The meeting focused on seven climate change-driven hazards included in the project, namely: drought, hail, flood, landslide, downpour, wildfire and strong wind. The participants have been informed about the activities to react properly during natural disasters and the importance of local community involvement in the recovery phase.

The informational meetings were attended by representatives of the local self-governances, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

The program “Reducing the risk of climate-driven disasters in Georgia” is funded by the Georgian and Swedish Governments, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and is implemented by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia with the assistance of the UN Development Program (UNDP). Educational and awareness-raising component of the project is completed by the Environmental Information and Education Centre of the Ministry.
 
7/28/2020

The Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) in cooperation with the Agricultural and Rural Development Agency implements the project supporting farmers all over the country. The project is meant to hold training courses on various topics for farmers and aims to strengthen their capacities.

Within the framework of the project supporting farmers, trainings - “High Quality and Solid Wheat Harvesting Modern Technologies” have been held in Kakheti Region, namely in Gurjaani, Lagodekhi and Akhmeta municipalities.

During the training course, the main attention was given to such important topics as the quality of wheat in the country, modern wheat production technologies and harvest accommodation. Farmers have got fluent answers for their questions.

EIEC conducts various environmental and agricultural activities across the whole country.

 

7/24/2020
Within the framework of the project “Reducing the Risk of Climate-Change Driven Natural Disasters in Georgia”, the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) has organized informational meetings in Abasha and Khobi municipalities which are among municipalities selected for the project as the most vulnerable.

The meetings aimed to introduce the project and inform participants on the awareness-raising and infrastructural activities planned in Khobi and Abasha municipalities which will facilitate enlargement of the early-warning system in the country, implementation of the national system for managing natural disaster risks and reduction of climate change-driven risk factors.

The efficiency of the implemented activities under the project depends on the level of awareness and knowledge of the local population in which the local governance, educational institutions and people living around the vulnerable areas must be actively involved. Currently, there is progressing the assessment of the threats existing on the river Rioni, elaboration of maps and identification of the relevant infrastructural activities.

The meetings were attended by the representatives of the local governments, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations, population living close to the vulnerable territories and other interested parties. 

The program “Reducing the Risk of Climate-driven Disasters in Georgia” is funded by the Georgian and Swedish Governments, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and is implemented by the UN Development Program (UNDP).
 
7/21/2020
Within the activities supporting the fulfilment of the Montreal Protocol, the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia provides a training course for certified technicians in the refrigeration equipment and air conditioning sector.

The training was opened by the Deputy Director of EIEC Ms Ekaterine Bendeliani who spoke about a permanent update of the processes in this sector that means to train professionals as it is their qualification main to reduce ozone-depleting substances and fluorinated greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

For the training course, 20 participants have been selected from those certified technicians who are allowed to work on refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and heat pumps. Training included both theoretical and practical exercises.

Implementation of such training contributes to raising awareness and qualification of technicians and is important to decrease the consumption of substances harmful to the environment.

Since 1 January 2018, permit to work on the equipment working on ozone-depleting substances is given solely for technicians certified according to the Georgian legislation.
Since 1 January 2019, the obligation of getting certified is applied for technicians working on air conditioning and refrigeration equipment and heats pumps consuming less than 3 kg refrigerants.

The certification is provided by only EIEC. From 2018 until today, EIEC provided 133 technicians with certificates.
 
7/15/2020
The Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia in cooperation with the Agricultural and Rural Development Agency (ARDA) implements a project supporting farmers across the whole country and is meant to train farmers on different topics.

The training on cereal crops “High Quality and Solid Wheat Harvesting Modern Technologies” has been opened by the Director of EIEC Mrs Tamar Aladashvili who spoke about the importance of trainings on different topics and capacity development of farmers.

The training was also attended by the Director of ARDA Mr Ilia Tamarashvili who while speaking to farmers, underlined the importance of harvest accommodation for the agricultural development. At the end of the training, meeting with farmers continued in the interactive format. 

EIEC continues conducting different agricultural and environmental activities all over the country.
7/13/2020
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, in partnership with the Georgian Public Broadcaster, are launching a TV series to educate young people about climate change. Shaped around UNDP’s mobile game Mission 1.5, released earlier this year, the TV series offers Georgian schoolchildren an entertaining way to learn about climate change and make decisions to keep global warming below the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“Educating young people is our chance to make sure that future decision-makers will opt for greener and more sustainable solutions,” said UNDP Head Louisa Vinton. “Mission 1.5 is a game, but climate change is not. If young people learn to understand both the threats and the solutions in a virtual setting, maybe we stand a chance of thwarting climate disaster in the real world.”

“Mission 1.5 is a good way to understand the challenges we are facing,” said EIEC Director Tamar Aladashvili. “Play-based learning is one of the best methods to turn knowledge into action and fulfil our mission to respond to the climate change challenge.”

The weekend TV show Break Time is aired as part of Channel-1’s TV School, an educational project launched by the Georgian Public Broadcaster to support school education during the COVID-19 pandemic when all schools in Georgia moved classes online. The TV School did not cease classes even after the academic year officially ended in June and continues offering schoolchildren extracurricular learning opportunities, including language classes and educational programmes, such as Break Time.

Seeking to help young people understand the threats and opportunities associated with climate change, Break Time is focusing on the key areas of climate action – renewable energy, green economy, sustainable transport, climate-induced disasters, sustainable agriculture and nature protection. Six programmes of the series will be aired on TV School and its YouTube channel in June and July. The programmes are produced jointly by UNDP and EIEC together with the creative group DemLab.

Mission 1.5

Mission 1.5 is a UNDP global campaign that aims to bridge the gap between people and governments on ambitious climate action and give millions worldwide a chance to inform their governments what measures to limit climate change they want.

It is built around a video game in which players take on the role of climate policymakers. After playing the game, players can vote on key climate actions they want to see adopted. This data will be analyzed and delivered to governments, which often lack access to reliable information on public opinion on climate action.

UNDP Georgia was among the first UNDP offices to sign on to the global campaign to enable citizens to cast their votes on how they want the Georgian Government to address climate change. A Georgian language version of the game became available to the public in May 2020.
Georgia and climate change

Georgia is also among the countries most engaged in climate action. In addition to emission-reduction commitments undertaken under the Paris Agreement, the Government has launched a USD 72 million programme centred around risk reduction, prevention and preparedness through improved monitoring, nationwide early warning systems and new infrastructure. The seven-year initiative, implemented by UNDP with support from the Green Climate Fund, Sweden and Switzerland, covers 11 river basins and will protect 1.7 million, or 40% of the population, from climate-induced hazards.

As part of this programme, UNDP is partnering with EIEC to spread the message on climate change, inform people about threats and solutions, and promote public engagement in climate action.      
7/9/2020
Within the framework of the project of the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC), UN Development Program (UNDP) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) -“Reducing the risk of Climate Change-driven natural disasters in Georgia”, the Director of EIEC Mrs Tamar Aladashvili visited River Lagodekhi Gorge.

During the visit, the meeting has been held with the local population living in the surroundings of the gorge. While meeting with locals, Mrs Tamar Aladashvili spoke about the reduction the risk of climate change-driven natural disasters, support to the public awareness-raising during the implementation of planned activities and capacity building. Besides, she underlined the goals and objectives of the project and activities planned to conduct on Lagodekhi River.

From the local self-government, the meeting was attended by the head of infrastructure division of the City Hall Mr Sandro Shavlakadze who expressed his readiness to support the implementation of the project.

The project “Reducing the Risk of Climate Change-driven Disasters in Georgia” with a budget of 74 million US$ will be implemented during 7 years and is aiming at reducing the risk of climate change-driven natural disasters, developing the early-warning system and implementing an efficient national system for managing multi-faceted hazards. The program is funded by the Georgian and Swedish Governments, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and is implemented by the UN Development Program (UNDP).
7/6/2020

The Deputy Director of the Environmental Information and Education Centre Ekatrine Bendeliani conducted a webinar for “Eco-leaders School Students” on topic – public relations and campaigns to raise environmental awareness.

The speaker discussed in details the steps of the organization for effective communication with the public, strategic planning as decision making - where do you want to be in the future (goal) and how should you achieve it (Strategy). The Deputy Director emphasized the importance of having a strategic plan that proactively defines the direction of the organization to avoid moving downstream and repeat activities routinely.

Eco-leaders School students demonstrated special interest in the process of planning ongoing and planned environmental awareness-raising campaigns of EIEC. Besides, eco-leaders completed a simulated exercise in groups. The final part of the webinar continued in the interactive format. 

Eco-leaders School is an educational program launched by EIEC that aims to teach the young generation environmental issues and raise their awareness in this field. In the school, online seminars will be conducted during one month, and it will give the young people the knowledge accordingly to both theoretical and practical aspects of the most popular and interesting environmental topics.

 

6/29/2020

Teaching process in the School of Eco-leaders is conducted remotely. For the young people interested in environmental topics, programmed webinars are conducted on such principal issues as climate change and ambient air policy, the importance of biodiversity and mechanisms for protecting it.

The webinar on climate change was led by MS Nino Tkhilava, Head of the Environment and Climate Change Department of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, who emphasized negative results of climate change, the role of humans and expected threats. She also spoke about the importance of multilateral environmental agreements and obligations taken by the State. The representatives of the School of Eco-leader have been informed about the approaches and tools to combat climate change.

The second speaker of the webinar, representative of the non-governmental organization - Nacres Mr Kakha Artsivadze, spoke about the role of Georgian biodiversity, conservation and mechanisms to protect biodiversity. Eco-leaders were especially interested in the current condition of biodiversity and ongoing activities. After the speeches, the discussion continued in the interactive format.

In the School of Eco-Leaders online seminars will last one month, and it will give the young people the in-depth knowledge accordingly to both theoretical and practical aspects of the most popular and interesting environmental topics.

Considering the threat caused by Covid-19 pandemic, the Environmental Information and Education Centre of the Ministry of Environmental Information and Education Centre remains to conduct educational activities remotely. 

 

6/26/2020
In the “Eco-leaders School” of the Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the teaching process has begun.

The Director of EIEC opened an educational course and underlined the opportunities for school participants to deepen their knowledge in the field of environment through modern teaching methods, learn about existing challenges and responsive actions in the field, find partners and carry out interesting projects with them, be actively involved in the future activities of EIEC.

Participants of the School of Eco-leaders have been selected based on the competition results. Within the framework of the course, online meetings and seminars will be held for three weeks. Eco-leaders, with the help of qualified professionals, will learn about modern challenges of our planet and discuss different ways to solve problems, gain knowledge on various environmental issues, develop critical thinking, self-defense and group work skills.

Eco-leaders School is an educational program launched by EIEC that aims to teach the young generation environmental issues and raise their awareness in this field.

At the end of the Eco-leaders School, the participants will be aware of the role of biodiversity and mechanisms for its protection, will have theoretical knowledge and practical experience in planning and carrying out environmental campaigns and will be informed on the importance and perspectives of professions in the field of the environment. 

Considering the threat caused by Covid-19 pandemic, the Environmental Information and Education Centre of the Ministry of Environmental Information and Education Centre remains to conduct educational activities remotely.
 
6/24/2020
The Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia awarded the winners of the Essay Contest– “Role of Biodiversity in our Life” and the poster contest “Our Salvation is in Nature”.

The Director of EIEC Tamar Aladashvili addressed to the participants of the contests and underlined the importance of environmental education and awareness-raising in this field. She also mentioned that despite the economic and technological development of the world, humans fluently depend on biodiversity.

Competitors presented themselves with their works and spoke about the importance of biodiversity and the necessity of the close relationship with nature.  

In the contests, participants presented about 100 original and interesting posters and essays, and they were able to contribute to the celebration of the International Day of Biological Diversity.

All participants of the competitions were provided with electronic certificates, and the symbolic gifts were awarded to the authors of the best three posters and essays selected by the jury.
6/22/2020
The Director of the Environmental Information and Education Centre Tamar Aladashvili participated in the Second Preparatory Meeting of the 28th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum.

In the meeting, Tamar Aladashvili made a presentation and spoke about the importance of transparency and innovations in reacting to the environmental challenges and implementing an effective system of environmental governance. She also emphasized the free access to environmental information, environmental impact assessment and the importance of E-Systems of monitoring, waste management and air quality.

Besides, Tamar Alsadashvili discussed in details the environmental democracy – human rights and responsibilities as well as concrete actions and initiatives carried out to support green innovations of small and medium-sized enterprises.

In the meeting, the representatives of the OSCE members States, international and non-governmental organizations and experts participated.

The Second Preparatory Meeting of the 28th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum was planned to held in Tirana, Albania. Considering the Covid-19 Pandemic, the meeting was held remotely.
 
6/18/2020
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